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  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,457
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,431

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but lacking any real oomp at the end

  • By Kingsley on 01-04-19

No plot

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

There is no plot to this story. The narrator was fine but the story was going nowhere. It was more like the author ran out of gas after a couple of chapters. Maybe there was more to it but it didn’t download?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,551

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

Enlightening and entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Great narration and wonderfully entertaining. Interesting topics and very insightful. There is this perception of the Victorian age and turns out, it isn’t true. This book gave a peek in history and was delightful to listen to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,522

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Mixed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Some parts were very good, funny, and entertaining. I am not sure why the other people were not introduced when they were talking. It took away from the listening.
Conan was mostly not funny and a bit annoying especially the last part; not funny at all.

I expected a bit more personal info on Bob and his life.

  • The Unforgivable Fix

  • Justice, Book 3
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Detective Mort Grant of the Seattle PD has finally decided to sell. The home where he and his late wife raised two kids feels too large and too full of old memories. His son is married and raising a family of his own, and despite desperate efforts to find her, Mort has lost touch with his wayward daughter. That is until the day she walks back into her childhood home and begs for his help. For the last four years, Allie Grant has been the lover - and confidante, confessor, and counselor - of one of the world's most powerful and deadly men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Rate!!! A MUST read!

  • By BikeVON on 05-21-17

A little too much fake drama

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

The story dragged on and had a lot of fake drama. It took sometime to move forward. At the end it wasn’t a real ending.
The narrators voice is annoying.

  • The Gone World

  • By: Tom Sweterlitsch
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family - and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship USS Libra - a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing find!

  • By Veronica on 03-07-18

Great except the ending

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Very interesting story about different dimensions and potentials. Well read. Should go back and listen again to better follow the story. However ending was weak.

  • Escape from Camp 14

  • One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
  • By: Blaine Harden
  • Narrated by: Blaine Harden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels.

  • By Amanda on 05-17-12

Poor audio quality but engaging story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-18

The poor audio quality is distracting to the listener. As Shin has changed key parts of his story, it might be a good time to re-write and re-record the story. His experience after the escape is also important and should be explored more. It sounds like it's difficult for any defector to come and live in the West but it was especially difficult for him.

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,075

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Great story in beginning

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Great story in the beginning but started to drag several times during the times things were epically blown up. Could have done edited a bit out.
Great narrator.

  • Shadow of the Lions

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Swann
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023

It has been almost 10 years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias' breaking of the school's honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend's disappearance. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest books I've heard on Audible!

  • By Kathi on 08-07-17

Good story but a bit of a weak ending

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Great story about a young boy at a preppy east coast boys boarding school. When he returns as a teacher, it brings back skeletons out of the closet.
Well written except for the ending. Seems like he wasn't sure what to do with the lose ends.

Narrator was very good.

40 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Strategy

  • A Nick Mason Novel
  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 356

Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss, Darius Cole, behind bars for life, and kill them. But first he has to find them - they're ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified "deep black" locations by an battalion of heavily armed US marshals charged with protecting them - and the clock is ticking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much is too much....

  • By antonio on 02-17-18

Started strong but ended weak

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

The story started strong and full of suspense. But it seems like it ran out of ideas towards the second half and all the writer could think of was killing characters off.
The narrator was very good.

  • Long Time Lost

  • By: Chris Ewan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Nick Miller and his team provide a unique and highly illegal service, relocating at-risk individuals across Europe with new identities and new lives. Nick excels at what he does for a reason: He's spent years living in the shadows under an assumed name. But when Nick steps in to prevent the attempted murder of witness-in-hiding Kate Sutherland on the Isle of Man, he triggers a chain of events with devastating consequences for everyone he protects.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Bother: Read "Safe House" Instead

  • By Godwillen on 09-17-17

Good until the end

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Narrator did a good job with the book. Very smooth reading. Story was very interesting until towards the end. It became a bit weak and not very interesting.